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LOCATION

West Argyll Forest District is based in Lochgilphead, on the West Coast of Scotland. The district office lies just outside the town centre, close to the main A83 Glasgow road.

Forestry Commission Scotland
West Argyll Forest District
Whitegates
Lochgilphead
Argyll
PA31 8RS

Tel: +44 1546 602518
Fax: +44 1546 603381
Email: west.argyll.fd@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

West Argyll Forest District is one of the largest forest districts in Scotland with 64,200 hectares of land. West Argyll Forest District stretches from the southernmost tip of the Kintyre peninsula to the top of Loch Awe, and from Crinan to Cairndow. The district has an office in Campbeltown, on the Mull of Kintyre, which is used by Rangers and field staff working in the area. There is also a small office in Dalavich, in the north end of the district area, which is used by field staff in the area. There is also a mechanics workshop in Cairnbaan, just north of Lochgilphead.

HISTORY

Most of the land acquisition and afforestation in West Argyll began in the 1930s. However, in some forests within West Argyll this was earlier, such as Inverliever forest, which was planted in 1919, and is one of the oldest areas of Forestry Commission land in Scotland.

OPERATIONS

Approximately 390,000 cubic meters of timber are harvested per annum in West Argyll. All of this is from sustainably managed forests. The replanting program is over approximately 1000 hectares per year.

NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

The territory of Dalriada and the Iron Age fortress of the first kings of Scotland at Dunadd in Kilmartin Glen, date back to approximately 500AD. Mid- Argyll in particular is a landscape rich in natural, historical and cultural heritage. The area is characterised by spectacular scenery including long wooded ridges, peat bogs and hill lochs, which give way to spectacular seascapes encompassing the Argyll islands and the Atlantic Ocean. The archaeological and historical assets of the area are hugely significant and range from Neolithic and Bronze Age cairns and rock art sites, to Iron Age duns and forts, to Medieval castles and chapels, to modern day country houses and the Crinan Canal. This rich historical heritage combines with a diverse mosaic of natural habitats including oakwoods, raised mires, wetlands and heath to create a truly unique and special place.

The district has important areas of native woodland (mainly Upland Oakwoods) covered by Habitat Action Plans; Eleven Scheduled Ancient Monuments, and many unscheduled sites. There are ten Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

We have 11 wildlife rangers managing po